Houston spoils GSW's celebration.
The defending champion Golden State Warriors are in last place in the Western Conference.
The Houston Rockets spoiled Golden State's championship celebration with a come from behind 122-121 victory at Oracle, behind James Harden's 27 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, not to mention Eric Gordon's 24 points off the bench.
The Warriors began the night by handing out their championship rings, unveiling a new championship banner, and unleashing a barrage of threes on the visiting Houston Rockets. Golden State maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the game and entered the fourth quarter up by 13 points, but a would-be game winner from Steph Curry clanked off the rim and Kevin Durant's follow up came just after the buzzer.
HOLY— Agent of NBA Chaos (@World_Wide_Wob) October 18, 2017
Durant at the buzzer...
Just another night in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/xpe5v6kBN6
Chris Paul had four points along with 11 assists and eight rebounds in his Rockets debut, but was forced to sit out the final 4+ minutes of the game due to soreness in his left knee. He may miss Houston's game tonight in Sacramento.
Steph Curry spoke about the loss, per ESPN,
"We're not in playoff shape at all, but I think we competed pretty hard. There were probably four possessions on the defensive end where we didn't rotate and gave guys like an eternity to shoot wide-open 3s. And that's not characteristic of us, so you got to point to something that was an issue with that. Maybe we were a little gassed in those particular moments, but I think over the course of 48 minutes, we had a lot of energy, played with a lot of determination down the stretch and just tried to get some stops and figure it out. But if [conditioning] is something that's a concern, I'm sure we'll figure it out as we go along."
As expected, NBA Twitter was buzzing from the moment the championship rings were handed out until the final shot. Check out some of the reactions to last night's Rockets vs Warriors game below.
First thing JaVale did with his ring: Walk over to Nick Young and wave it in his face.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 18, 2017
Basket doesn't count. Houston wins. pic.twitter.com/Et9eh1gx9C— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) October 18, 2017
Yo CP3 just shadow boxed the ref to the floor 😭 pic.twitter.com/G81hRKTrma— Agent of NBA Chaos (@World_Wide_Wob) October 18, 2017
I’ll say what we’re all thinking: Nick Young isn’t getting the ball enough— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) October 18, 2017
Warriors - Rockets is the basketball version of the Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man meme— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) October 18, 2017
warriors before the game & warriors after the game pic.twitter.com/WErdog7o74— pat muldowney (@patmuldowney) October 18, 2017
Rockets spoil Warriors’ banner night! pic.twitter.com/D9IFrckGRu— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 18, 2017
Halftime, Chuck: “You’re not going to beat the Warriors trying to outscore them.”— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) October 18, 2017
/GSW shoots 51% in the 2nd half, Rockets outscore by 10
OPENING NIGHT WIN AT THE ORACLE LETS GOOOOO!!!! https://t.co/fW1kvjKNM3— LebronJamesHarden™ (@lbjamesharden) October 18, 2017